The Stone Coyotes

Born To Howl

by The Stone Coyotes

Released 2001
Red Cat Records
Released 2001
Red Cat Records
  • 04:37 Lyrics Shake

    "Great God Almighty"
    I heard a woman cry
    "Do you think I'm made of iron?
    How dare you pass me by?

    I've seen your kind before
    You seem so self-assured
    What are you doing walking on the
    wild side
    Looking so demure?"

    And then she started swaying
    She said, "I've disconnected from
    the whole
    Can't you hear? The band is playing
    Shake, Rattle and Roll"

    The sidewalk is her ballroom
    Her dress a tattered grey
    People stop and whisper
    "I wonder how she got that way"

    She said, "I like to let my hair down
    Let it fall and let it flow
    Dance to all the old songs
    I remember long ago"

    I tried to break it gently
    I said, "No one hears your song"
    She said, "What makes you so sure
    you've got it right
    And I've got it wrong?

    You can keep your comforts of home
    They mean nothing to me
    I prefer the wreckage
    Of a life that used to be"

  • 04:13 Lyrics Torn Asunder

    Early one evening
    For no reason or rhyme
    I started to go back
    Go back in time

    I saw conquerors counting
    Their ill-gotten gains
    Then the tables would turn
    And they'd languish in chains

    Oh, I wonder
    What will abide
    With all torn asunder
    We're just along for the ride
    (I've got you by my side)

    Heard the footfall of soldiers
    Armies on the march
    Through the streets of Atlanta
    And Constantine's Arch

    Heard the wailing of children
    The cry, "All is lost"
    While nuns behind walls
    Made the Sign of the Cross

    Fate is capricious
    To say the very least
    Said, "I'm sorry to do this
    It's just the nature of the beast"

    And that Cleopatra
    She sure got around
    She said, "Build me a city
    And then tear it down"

    But they say - yes, they say
    That love conquers all
    So put your hand in mine
    While empires rise and fall

  • 04:00 Lyrics Detroit or Buffalo
    People expect you to fall
    Hit that same old wall
    Really they don't want to help at all
    They talk behind your back today
    Shake their heads and say
    "Well, I always knew that the girl
    would come to no good anyway"

    Better pack up and go
    Detroit or Buffalo
    Anybody want to know where,
    you don't know
    God knows, everybody gotta go sometime
    And I'm taking this train to end of the line
    Missing every mile that friend of mine

    And I haven't been too well myself
    A lot of time on the shelf
    Saying that I don't need help
    when I do
    But I'm going to be just fine
    A lot of friends, a little wine
    Still I wish I could see you again sometime

    It's hard to open up the door
    Like you've done so many times before
    Sometimes you think you just can't
    do it anymore
    Take a chance and take a train
    Out into the pouring rain
    All you've got's your suitcase
    full of pain


  • 04:04 Lyrics The First Lady of Rock
    Let me tell you the story of a girl
    All she ever wanted was to rock the world
    She asked for a guitar for birthday #9
    They thought an acoustic would be just fine

    She said, "No, no, no - I want a B.C. Rich
    Maybe a Warlock, maybe a Bich"
    Mommy said to Daddy, " Did you hear what she said?
    She said, 'I like Black Sabbath and Motorhead'"

    Oh yeah - What's a girl to do?
    I've been wishing on a star - let my dreams come true
    Sorry, Mom and Dad - this might come as a shock
    (Standing at the door - gonna knock knock knock)
    I just want to be the First Lady of Rock

    The sign on the clubhouse said No Girls Allowed
    She wanted to knock but she was too proud
    So she went back home and practised in her room
    In front of the mirror by the light of the moon

    She said, "I tried to be quiet - I really did
    I studied hard - I was a good kid
    But there's something in my bones, something in my soul
    Makes me crank the distortion just as loud as it'll go"

    She said, "I'm not after glory, I'm not after fame
    You might not ever know my name
    I'm no rock giant, if you know what I mean
    I'm 5'6", I weigh 114

    I'll play in the streets, I'll play in the bars
    Out on the highways and under the stars
    Dreaming the dream I had as a girl
    When all I ever wanted was to rock the world"


  • 03:07 Jolene
  • 05:06 Lyrics Rock It
    Don't breathe the air - Don't drink the water
    You might die of a rare disease
    When you go out, put on your overcoat
    Poor baby, you don't want to freeze

    And when you're sick, go to the doctor
    He makes you promise to take your pills
    Got your prescription but there's a question
    Are you sure it cures all your ills?

    Yes, I know we're on dangerous ground
    And all the walls might come tumbling down
    But give the wheel of fortune a spin
    Throw caution to the wind

    Rock it - Rock it
    Don't just roll over and die
    Rock it - Rock it
    Shoot the moon right out of the sky

    You must beware - You must be careful
    They teach you that from the very start
    I thought a lot about it - I got suspicious
    They said they had my best interests at heart

    I'll be a surfer in California
    I like the feel of the open air
    I see them waving - I hear them calling
    "Come back to shore", but I just don't care


  • 04:57 Lyrics Four Times Gone
    Call it what you want - an illusion
    Some departure of the mind
    You can say I'm suffering from delusions
    But I say that I tapped the line

    I was standing in some other country
    Outside this century
    I looked at my watch and it was stopped at
    925 A.D.

    I was One, Two, Three
    Four times gone

    Vague shapes took form that night
    There were girls with dangling earrings on
    Standing outside of brightly lighted places
    And they spoke to me in the hours before the dawn

    They said, "Where you laugh others have laughed
    Where you cry others have cried
    And where we sleep you will sleep some day
    Across the Great Divide"

    And they gathered 'round and shouted out
    "What are you doing here?"
    I said, "I don't know, I'm not sure,
    I haven't got a clue"
    And right then they disappeared

    I guess that's all there was to it
    A glimpse, an impression - nothing more
    Then I put my hand right through it
    And I was once again this side of the Door


  • 02:54 Lyrics American Child
    Somebody tell me
    What's going on?
    Where are the wild ones?
    Where have they gone?
    I've been looking all over
    Out in the danger zone

    He's a little bit bored
    And a little bit wild
    I'm looking for
    An American child
    Give me Jerry Lee Lewis
    Give me Joey Ramone

    Some of these new boys
    They say they want to fight
    But it takes them three days
    To get the drum sound right
    It's enough to make a poor girl
    Want to weep and moan

    I want to go down
    Where les bon temps roulez
    Louisiana and Texas
    Philadelphia, PA
    I've been looking in the barn
    whose barn? my barn
    For that factor unknown


  • 04:46 Lyrics Death of the American Song
    Down in the valley
    Where the Red River flows
    Standing at a graveside
    By the bramble and the rose

    We've come to bid a fond farewell
    In this our darkest hour
    We've gone and neglected
    Our pale wildwood flower

    So beat the drum slowly as they carry her away
    Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay
    I see Tammy and Patsy with their long black dresses on
    Mourning the death of the American song

    Songs that haunt our memories
    Sung on porches long ago
    All that's left of them today
    Are footprints in the snow

    I'm waiting at the station
    But I fear I wait in vain
    'Cause Old 97
    Is rusting in the rain

    The radio is playing
    Got the latest top ten on
    The kind you hear today
    That you know tomorrow will be gone

    I see those painted faces
    They are smiling on TV
    And I find that they're all
    Rank strangers to me


  • 03:34 Lyrics Bound to Burn
    Bright lights - What a sight
    He's drawn like a moth to the flame
    Gone mad - Too bad
    There's nowhere to lay the blame

    Mountain top - Quite a drop
    Doesn't know he's made of flesh and bone
    Double dare - Doesn't care
    He says, "You'll never carve my name in stone"

    Hot wired - On fire
    Somehow you knew he'd never learn
    Mama's child - Gone wild
    That boy, he was bound to burn

    Trouble from Day One
    He could run before he could crawl
    Hard core - Foot to the floor
    He's got to push it to the wall

    'Round the bend - Not again
    You could see all the tell-tale signs
    Wheels spin - Don't fence him in
    He's outside the boundary lines

    Outer space - Quite a place
    He's rockin' in the stratosphere
    Out of sight - Speed of light
    About a million miles from here

    Bye bye - Flyin' high
    Too close to the sun
    Without a doubt - He's checkin' out
    He sure was a son of a gun


  • 04:26 Lyrics Call Off Your Dogs
    All right
    You win
    I give up
    I give in
    I've walked the walk
    Danced the dance
    Victim of

    And I've come to the conclusion
    That the damage has been done
    And I'm under no illusions
    Time to face the music
    Time to let the white flag fly and...

    Run run
    Hide hide
    Call off your dogs
    Misery and Pain
    Call off your dogs
    Snarling on a chain

    Who goes there?
    Friend or foe?
    Somebody tell me
    I don't know
    Something creeping up the stair
    I ran to look
    Found no one there

    I went running down the alley
    With something close behind
    Something I suspected
    Was of unsound mind
    I began to shiver
    And I began to shout
    I went running down the hallway
    With the bulb burned out

    But one of these fine mornings
    Your plans may come undone
    Then you'll be the one to face the music
    You'll be the one to let the white flag fly